Our goal is simple: protect half the Earth. Getting there is possible only if we work together. Discover how others are confronting the complex issues facing conservation today, and learn how Nature Needs Half is promoting problem-solving to overcome these challenges.

Masada National Park, Israel. Photo by Rob Bye.
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'Nature Needs Half' Takes Center Stage At AREDAY Summit

Posted in All Articles, Library, News & Publications on 06/25/18

  Elizabeth Stewart-Severy June 18, 2018 The 2018 AREDAY Summit kicks off today, and it includes conversations about setting aside half of the world for nature. Nature Needs Half is a coalition of scientists and conservationists working to protect half of the world’s lands and seascapes for wildlife and the natural world. Amy Lewis, vice president of the Wild Foundation, a conservation organization that initiated the Nature Needs Half network,...

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Portrait of a llama, Peru. Photo by Paul Lequay.

AREDAY’s Impact Film free showings aim to inspire

Posted in All Articles, Library, News & Publications, Papers & Publications on 06/22/18

AREDAY’s Impact Film free showings aim to inspire   June 22nd, 2018 Aspen, CO Article by Todd Hartley, Aspen Daily News Staff Writer Amidst the features and short films constituting the lineup Friday and Saturday at AREDAY’s free Impact Film screenings in Snowmass Village, there is a short entry of five film clips called the “Nature Needs Half” series. It boasts a big-name star in Ashley Judd and despite its...

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How to pay for saving biodiversity

Posted in Library, News & Publications, Papers & Publications on 05/10/18

  Originally published by Science Magazine The 1992 Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was one of the first international environmental agreements negotiated. In the same year, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for funding biodiversity conservation in developing countries was launched. Yet 25 years later, biological populations and diversity continue to decline both on land (1) and in the oceans (2). The main reasons are chronic underfunding of global biodiversity conservation;...

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In Defense of Biodiversity

Posted in Library, News & Publications, Papers & Publications on 05/10/18

Originally published by Yale Environment 360 A number of biologists have recently made the argument that extinction is part of evolution and that saving species need not be a conservation priority. But this revisionist thinking shows a lack of understanding of evolution and an ignorance of the natural world. A few years ago, I helped lead a ship-based expedition along south Alaska during which several scientists and noted artists documented and made...

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Extinction tsunami can be avoided

Posted in Library, News & Publications, Papers & Publications on 04/5/18

  Originally published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America In many senses, the recent publication in PNAS by Ceballos et al. (1) on population losses and declines in vertebrates can be traced back to efforts early in the 20th century led by the American Committee for International Wildlife Protection to document the extinction phenomenon (2⇓–4). The focus at the time was very...

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Half the world must be set aside for nature, says Canadian conservationist

Posted in Library, Multi-Media, News & Publications, Papers & Publications on 08/29/17

Originally published August 27, 2017 by CBC Radio Canada Listen to the full radio segment > Harvey Locke is a self-described "free range conservationist". His ancestors lived in the mountains of the Bow Valley before Banff became a national park, and he still lives in the town of Banff. He happily shares his property with wildlife. It's not rare for a grizzly bear, or a wolf, or a 700-pound elk to wander...

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From Laggard to Leader?

Posted in Library, News & Publications, Papers & Publications on 07/26/17

Canada's renewed focus on protecting nature could deliver results Originally published by Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Executive Summary CANADA IS A COUNTRY DEEPLY CONNECTED TO NATURE. It underpins our sense of place, our well-being, and our economy. Maintaining the health of Canada’s ecosystems to sustain wildlife and people requires the creation of an extensive network of protected natural areas as the foundation for effective nature conservation strategies. This...

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Accelerated modern human–induced species losses: Entering the sixth mass extinction

Posted in Library, News & Publications on 07/26/17

By: Gerardo Ceballos, Paul R. Ehrlich, Anthony D. Barnosky, Andrés García, Robert M. Pringle, Todd M. Palmer Originally published in Science Advances The oft-repeated claim that Earth’s biota is entering a sixth “mass extinction” depends on clearly demonstrating that current extinction rates are far above the “background” rates prevailing between the five previous mass extinctions. Earlier estimates of extinction rates have been criticized for using assumptions that might overestimate the severity...

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Nature for the People

Posted in Library, News & Publications, Papers & Publications on 07/26/17

Nature for the People: Toward a Democratic Vision for the Biosphere   Originally published by Erle Ellis in the Breakthrough Institute Read the full article here > Introductory Comments by: Ted Nordhaus, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Breakthrough Institute For over a decade, landscape ecologist Erle Ellis has marshalled an enormous trove of  archaeological, paleontological, and historical evidence to demonstrate that humans have been terraforming the Earth for many,...

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John Muir's Last Stand

Posted in Library, News & Publications on 01/22/15

By: Tom Butler, Eileen Crist, originally published by  | DEC 24, 2014 JOHN MUIR, a man whose love for nature seemed almost to transcend Earthly limits, was not immortal. One hundred years ago, on Christmas eve 1914, Muir’s spirit set off into the pathless wild. The great naturalist’s obituary in the New York Times was effusive, listing professional accomplishments after recounting his emigration from Scotland (“the youth who was destined to become one of...

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Can the World Really Set Aside Half of the Planet for Wildlife?

Posted in Library, News & Publications on 11/11/14

Originally published in the Smithsonian Magazine by Tony Hiss, September 2014 The eminent evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson has an audacious vision for saving Earth from a cataclysmic extinction event "Battles are where the fun is,” said E.O. Wilson, the great evolutionary biologist, “and where the most rapid advances are made.” We were sitting in oversized rocking chairs in a northwest Florida guest cottage with two deep porches and half-gallons of...

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Will protection of 17% of land by 2020 be enough to safeguard biodiversity and critical ecosystem services?

Posted in Library, News & Publications on 11/7/14

Originally published in the Oryx International Journal of Conservation, 2014  Frank W. Larsen, Will R. Turner and Russell A. Mittermeier Abstract To stem the loss of biodiversity and ensure continued provision of essential ecosystem services world leaders adopted the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets in 2010, to be fulfilled by 2020. One key target (Target 11) prescribes an expansion of the global protected area system to at least 17% of land surface and 10% of oceans...

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